I didn't fully understand this when the pandemic began, but there hasn't been (and likely never will be) a point at which it is truly "over." For many of us, myself included, life has largely returned to some sort of normal, but Covid continues to be a monkey wrench in our plans.
My officemate wasn't feeling well toward the end of last week, but she had tested negative for Covid, so she still came in because there was plenty of work to do that wasn't going to take care of itself. However, on Friday evening, after losing her sense of taste and smell, she retested and got a positive test. She texted me to let me know. I, in turn, texted some friends who I had planned to see on Saturday to see how they felt about seeing me after I'd been exposed to Covid. We decided to have a video chat instead. But by the next morning, I wasn't even feeling well enough to do that.
Considering the number of people I'm around in my job, I've been lucky to have held out so long without getting Covid. I actually think there's a possibility that I had it at the end of 2019 (when it was apparently already circulating in the US, but nobody knew what it was), but I haven't had any confirmed Covid infections up until now.
I feel pretty lousy. I haven't been sleeping well, and have a splitting headache I can't get rid of. Still, so far, this hasn't been one of my worst sicknesses. Whatever I had at the end of 2019 was worse, for instance. This would indicate to me that the vaccines are doing their job in making symptoms milder.
Even though our lives have largely returned to normal, Covid still gets special status among diseases. The earliest I can return to work is next Monday, and that's only if I haven't had a fever in 24 hours and don't have severe symptoms. My direct supervisor tells me I can do telework if I feel up to it, which I may do later in the week so I can at least keep up with some paperwork and virtually attend a couple of meetings I have.
I wonder if there will come a time when Covid is treated like any other sickness. But I'm grateful that my main concerns right now are being uncomfortable and inconvenienced, rather than worrying that I might need to be hospitalized.